Coral Bleaching

Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences

  • Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
  • Janice M. Lough

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 233)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. J. K. Oliver, R. Berkelmans, C. M. Eakin
    Pages 27-49
  3. N. E. Cantin, M. Spalding
    Pages 85-110
  4. K. M. Quigley, A. C. Baker, M. A. Coffroth, B. L. Willis, M. J. H. van Oppen
    Pages 111-151
  5. C. A. Oakley, S. K. Davy
    Pages 189-211
  6. T. R. McClanahan, E. Weil, A. H. Baird
    Pages 231-263
  7. M. S. Pratchett, C. A. Thompson, A. S. Hoey, P. F. Cowman, S. K. Wilson
    Pages 265-293
  8. R. Albright
    Pages 295-323
  9. M. J. H. van Oppen, J. M. Lough
    Pages 343-348
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 349-356

About this book


One of the most serious consequences of global climate change for coral reefs is the increased frequency and severity of mass coral bleaching events and, since the first edition of this volume was published in 2009, there have been additional mass coral bleaching events. This book provides comprehensive information on the causes and consequences of coral bleaching for coral reef ecosystems, from the genes and microbes involved in the bleaching response, to individual coral colonies and whole reef systems. It presents detailed analyses of how coral bleaching can be detected and quantified and reviews future scenarios based on modeling efforts and the potential mechanisms of acclimatisation and adaptation. It also briefly discusses emerging research areas that focus on the development of innovative interventions aiming to increase coral climate resilience and restore reefs.


Coral-algal symbiosis Climate change Bleaching resistance Sessile reef organisms Motile reef organisms Coral bleaching response El Niño

Editors and affiliations

  • Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
    • 1
  • Janice M. Lough
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Institute of Marine ScienceTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Institute of Marine ScienceTownsvilleAustralia

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